Decisions coming soon for Yankees veteran non-roster invitees

The Yankees have a few veteran non-roster invitees in camp this year that are unlikely to make the team out of spring training and could bolt if they find jobs elsewhere.

Bill Hall probably had the best shot out of any of them to make the team, but a healthy spring from Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez blocked his path to the big leagues. Hall could be useful down the road if there is an injury so it is a good thing that he does not have an opt-out clause in his contract and will be sticking around, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.

The other two big names are outfielder Dewayne Wise and infielder Jayson Nix, who both have opt-outs in their contracts if they can find a team willing to give them a shot at the major league level. It’s hard to say if that is possible or not, but it doesn’t seem very likely. So there is potential to see all three veterans at Triple-A this year.

There is a fourth guy who would be included in this list – Russell Branyan – however a back injury has side lined him all spring. He recently was released and re-signed by the Yankees to avoid paying him $100K that teams now have to pay veterans on minor league deals. He’ll continue to rehab and will hopefully be back and playing in games by the end of April.

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4 Responses to Decisions coming soon for Yankees veteran non-roster invitees

  1. Greg Corcoran says:

    That's four players they're gonna have to give regular at bats to in Triple-A. I hope they can still get at bats for the young guys.

  2. rob mitchell says:

    That's a great point about taking ab's from youngsters.Would have hoped Hall would have opted out because if my man Branyan[i'm Branyfan on other sites] ever gets it together with the back,i could see Hall hinder him from getting back to the bigs with N.Y.Hall can be a bit of a malcontent when he doesn't play.But i guess like other vets, Branyan included,he sees the writing on the wall and just wants a job.Offensively Hall hasn't been able to hit right handed pitching in 4 years.

    • It turned out that Hall actually didn't have an opt-out in his contract. To me that's a sign that he isn't going to go to the minors and sulk because he must have known this was a very real possibility.